Chrysanthemum Skirt

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This fabric thrilled me when I first found it. It was in an old cabinet stuffed with all sorts of material at an estate sale that, honestly, did not smell that great. And that is where this lovely skirt began. I knew from the beginning that I had to make a skirt with this fabric– it was the perfect weight, cutest print, and pure comfort. So when I ran across this tutorial I had to use it. This pattern met the comfort and cute requirements I had for the skirt. What I love about this particular pattern is that it took two hours; and I probably could have done it faster. So, there is the story of my new favorite skirt… Oh, and did I mention that the fabric was 25 cents? And also, the shirt I’m wearing was a recent estate sale find. I was deprived of estate-saling for an entire winter! Can you tell I’m glad it’s spring?

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What’s black and white and has a gold button?

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It seems that, when my laundry situation allows, I always choose to wear black and white with a pop of either coral or turquoise. And by turquoise, I mean all bluish, green colors… So I should say teal, sea green, peacock blue, mint, turquoise, etc. Thus, I perpetually look for new opportunities to make a piece of clothing in one or another of these colors. Buying fabric often discourages me, because very rarely do you actually find what you came for. When I found a surprise two yards of black and white print that actually happened to be cute for $4 per yard, I bought it without hesitation. Here is an important bit of information: if you find promising fabric for a good deal, buy it, even though you may not have a plan for it yet. It WILL work out! Any way, in a few short hours, I made this high-waisted, comfy skirt. I am going to try to start wearing dresses and skirts more often; so this casual, practical skirt should fulfill its purpose well.

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Twirly Skirt

Today, a sweet lady gave three old dresses that she had made but doesn’t wear anymore. I could hardly believe that they were homemade— they have some amazing detail. Perhaps the greatest thing about them is that they all have circle skirts… full circle skirts. So, on the first one, which is a beautiful tealy, green color, I chopped off the top, plus a few inches of the skirt to make it the right length. I’d been waiting to get enough fabric to execute a gathered circle skirt, and here it is, already in the form of a circle! So I gathered the waist, which turned out to be a lot of gathering, and put a waistband on it (and there’s a zipper).  I absolutely love this skirt. Talk about twirling!

Refashioned skirt in 20 minutes

Today, I threw together this little skirt from an old dress, given to me for the very purpose of refashioning! It was the easiest piece of clothing I’ve ever made, since I used the previous hem and stitches down the sides. I just cut it to the right length and encased the elastic in the top. It is a comfortable jersey knit fabric. Honestly, I’m probably more proud about the whole outfit than just the skirt. I am wearing a sweater that used to be my grannie’s (great grandmother, so yes, it’s old). It used to have some funny tassels on the sleeves and the bottom which I painstakingly removed. Though I’ve had it probably for a year, I’ve never worn it, for want of something to go with it. My new shoes are some funky boat-shoes/loafers. I’m not sure which. I love them! My hat goes great with this outfit, too. I’m really wanting to wear it out soon.

Polka dot skirt

In an attempt to throw together a skirt to wear with my pleated granny shirt to church this morning, I came out with this darling little 50’s polka dot skirt. I’ve been wanting both a polka-dotted skirt and a circular skirt, so combining them made a perfect one. Though I did not actually get it done for church (give me a break— I started it at 9 p.m. last night), it was very fast for a self-drafted pattern. The drafting took no longer than 30 minutes, and the sewing was a breeze. Well, it was a breeze till I got to the hem, which turned out to be quite perplexing. With the round edge, it was very difficult to turn under twice without getting it twisted. But, it all worked out in the end. I might shorten up the skirt in the summer. Right now, though, the length is just right =D